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10 Tips for Making Your Own Travel Photo Book

Have you recently been on an unforgettable journey? Designing and printing your own travel photo book is a wonderful way to move your holiday photos off your devices and get more enjoyment from them for many years to come.

With Bob Books, creating your own professionally printed travel photo book couldn’t be easier, and Explore! customers can take advantage of this exclusive offer to save 20%. 

Need some inspiration before you get started? We’ve lined up some of our favourite tips and ideas for showcasing your travel photos in a beautiful hardcover photo book. 

1. Get Organised

Choosing the right photos to include is often the most time-consuming aspect of creating a photo book. Start by creating a folder specifically for your photo book and copy your favourite travel images there so you can easily drag and drop them into your photo book once you begin. Aim to select high quality photos so they’ll look their best once printed. This means filtering out any shots that might be blurry or underexposed, and selecting images that are well composed, have a clear subject and help tell the story of your journey. 

2. Find your format and paper type

The next step, once you have all your images ready to go, is choosing your photo book format and paper type. Although there’s no right or wrong choice here, for travel photo books, we love the Standard Landscape format as it’s ideal for showcasing a mixture of both portrait and landscape images along with text. Opting for lay-flat binding with photographic paper also means you’ll be able to showcase your favourite images across double page spreads with no loss of visibility down the centre of the spine. 

3. Think about themes

If you’re not sure how to lay out the images in your travel photo book, it can help to think of a specific theme you’d like to follow. For instance, you could organise photos chronologically, or divide the book up into chapters such as food, adventure, landscapes or landmarks. If you’ve visited a particular destination more than once in a year, you could even organise the book into seasons and showcase what the same place looks like at different times throughout the year.

4. Plan your colour palette 

One thing that can help to give your photo book a nice uniform look is to group together certain photos based on the prominent colours they feature. For instance, you could have a few pages dedicated to photos that were taken around sunrise or sunset, a few pages for photos featuring beautiful blue skies and ocean views, or some featuring cityscapes and architectural photography. 

5. Think about the layout

When creating the layout for your travel photo book, you can choose from a range of ready-made templates and themes to speed up the process or you could opt to get creative and make your own layout or photo collages. If you choose the second option, think about leaving some white space so your images stand out and make an impression. 

6. Include some text 

While your travel photo book is all about the photos, adding some text throughout can greatly enhance it and even help you remember useful details later down the line, such as location, dates, and even stories or memories related to the photos you’re including. If you decide to include captions or text, aim to use the same font, style and size throughout the book for consistency. For instance, you can use one font size and style for titles and headings, and another for any text, quotes, captions or poems you choose to include. 


7. Think about the cover

Since your travel photo book’s cover is the first thing anyone will see, it’s worth spending some time getting it right. Your cover design should be eye-catching but still minimal enough that it doesn’t distract from the title. Look for a cover design that inspires you or conveys that sense of excitement you get when setting out on a new journey, whether it’s a photo collage, a photo of the open road, or a map showing your journey’s start and end point. 

8. Include some non-digital elements

If you have any keepsakes from your travels, it can be nice to leave a few pages or spaces throughout your photo book blank so you can physically paste these in once the final version of your travel photo book has been delivered. Fun non-digital add-ins might include handwritten notes, journal entries, sketches, ticket stubs, postcards or anything else you may have picked up along the way to remind you of your adventures. 

9. Add a journey map

When designing your photo book with the Bob Designer Software, you’ll have the option to add in your journey map, which can be a nice touch on the first page or even throughout the photo book as a background image. You’ll be able to highlight the routes you took and give your audience an idea of what your travel photo book will cover. 

10. Make it your own 

When designing and printing your own travel photo book, the most important thing is to make it your own and add a touch of personality. Maybe you’ll put together your own top 10 lists of a destination’s best experiences, foods and things to see, create memorable photo collages, or even add QR codes to share video footage of your travels. 

Ready to get started? Visit Bob Books and download the free Bob Designer Software or iOS App to begin creating your own personalised photo book. Don’t forget, Explore! customers save 20% with this exclusive offer.

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